REVIEW: Jack's Gastropub & INN 31

Saturday, April 9, 2011

31 Division Street South
Kingsville, Ontario, Canada
Phone: +1(519)733-6900

Type of Restaurant: Gastropub
Attire: Casual
Prices: E- $10 M- $20 D- $8
Payment Options: 
Visa, Mastercard, American Express

Hours: Mon- Sat: 11:30am-3:00pm
                        Sun: 9:00am-8:00pm

Reservations? Walk-ins Welcome
Handicap Accessible? YES
Vegetarian Friendly? Limited.
Vegan Friendly? No.






I've been craving Jack's for quite some time now. Upon my brief return from Australia in 2009, I had the opportunity to eat at Jack's on two separate occasions with friends. Both times simply amazing. Even though it was so long ago I can still recall their sweet potato fries, burgers, encrusted perch, bread pudding, and one of the most delicious creme brulees I have tasted--EVER! Playing homage to the ever changing hospitality scene in Windsor-Essex County Jack's is definitely a trendsetter. Since the last time I dined there, the gastropub has moved from its Main Street Kingsville "storefront" location into a beautiful 1800's renovated home.They've expanded to even include 3 guest rooms, fitted with queen size beds, jacuzzi tubs, flat screen TV's, and wireless internet. 

Upon entering the front door, my friend Adam and I were instantly greeted and given a table. The menu's designed and folded to resemble a newspaper/newsletter going with the new bed and breakfast feel. Having tried their infamous burgers and sandwiches in the past, I was up for something different this time. It was a bit too early for one of their craft beers, so I stupidly asked for a coffee. Having lived in Australia for the past two years, I've been hooked on espresso coffee. Not surprising, they don't do espresso. I settled for a tea-like looking "Canadian" coffee, which I was forced to add cream to, as it was sooo bitter tasting. Ugh.

For an entree, I had the artichokes. Parm-cornflake encrusted artichoke hearts, served over a lemon-dill cream; garnished with pine nuts, green onion, and a light shaving of parmesan cheese. Something seemingly so simple, but at the same time kicked-up a notch. The artichokes were delicious, and the lemon-dill cream complimented them perfectly.

As a main, I went for the soup of the day which today was a Seafood Chowder, filled with a hearty serving of potatoes, corn, and celery. However, the only seafood I could muster up were the tiniest of shrimp. Adam had ordered the soup of the day as his entree, and apparently found some scallops in his. For myself, the chowder was a bit of a let down, but still very much edible.

Adam ordered the quiche for his main. While I can't comment on the taste it looked incredible served with a small garden salad. Almost made me wish I had ordered that instead.

Overall, service was great, food was good, and the bill was shockingly affordable-- $38 for a full belly, and a happy appetite. You can't go wrong trying out Jack's Gastropub--in fact I highly recommend it if you are in the area. Heck, even if you are not from the area they have one of those guest rooms for you to stay in for a seemingly perfect getaway. ;)



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